RedWest South postponed

Microsoft’s expansion plans on a parcel of land just south of the large-scale RedWest satellite campus in Redmond are on hold, at least until the economic climate improves. The land, recently purchased from neighboring Nintendo of America, exists currently in the form of a semi-wild vacant lot, most often trafficked (in the dry months) by either commuters seeking a shortcut from the bus stop on 148th Ave NE to the office complex, or snack-seekers heading the other way to the nearby 7/11.

Known informally as RedWest South, Microsoft has recently re-dubbed the project RedWest Phase II in planning documents filed with the city of Redmond. Those documents describe a ‘park-like’ setting that will preserve a seasonal stream and a hawk’s nest. The original RedWest complex, in which I once worked for a few months, is much different from the rather flat and undistinguished main Microsoft campus, and has surprisingly varied terrain and water features inside the enclosed courtyard.

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